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Weekly Photo Challenge: Green | Rafting

Weekly Photo Challenge: Green

Green means whitewater rafting down a raging Nantahala River in a green raft.

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As We Live Our Lives Moments In a Day Stand Apart

Whitewater and chakra flowers for meditation, journey and insight (detail)

June 18th 2009, a day that stands apart.

On the Nantahala river in Western North Carolina in celebration of
my 53rd birthday the following day on the 19th of June.

A contemplative day full of energy and colors….

A view of the Nantahala river

We can never have enough of nature. We must be refreshed by the
sight of inexhaustible vigor, vast and titanic features, the sea-coast with its
wrecks, the wilderness with its living and its decaying trees, the
thunder-cloud, and the rain. …Henry David Thoreau

I love this quote because during our 3 hour trek rafting down the river,
it began to rain hard with severe thunderstorms. What an incredible experience battling the
elements as we faced the challenge of the rapids.

We found our courage, our laughter, on the river

If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of
grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of
nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive. …Eleonora
Duse (1858-1924)

Nature always sets itself apart

Notes for chakra flowers

Our thoughts are like the waves of a whitewater river. They rise
and fall relentlessly. Our minds, like the lower depths of the river, become
increasingly more settled as we immerse ourselves in our meditation practice. …Walter W. Smith

In a new day that stands
apart, we remove ourselves from yesterday’s trials (the painful past and
uncertain future) and find insight in the quiet of the present moment. We are in
touch with our bodies—moving the energy through the chakras.

Our day ends as it began---finding meaning in the present moment

Today, hold the past in your
hands.  Hold your two hands out in front of you and allow them to fill
with the past, your past, every moment of it.  All that happened and did
not happen, all that was wonderful and all that simply was.  Let it all
fill your hands.

And now, as you continue to hold
your past in your hands, turn your inner vision to your heart.  See how
your heart is clean and clear, free of any regret or longing.  Your heart
is beating in this moment and this moment only. …author unknown

As we live our lives we find ourselves standing apart---living in the moment

As the details of our lives become memories and the moments of
life stand apart, what brings joy, peace and happiness to you? What are some of
your experiences that you embrace with fondness and love? What are your
thoughts? Please do share a moment or two with us.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Water

Whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River, North Carolina

My first image for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Water,  is a photograph of a 2009 whitewater rafting tour on the Nantahala River in North Carolina. A great tour indeed, which featured all categories of rapids. We dared all but the 5th category rapid.

I really loved this experience on the river and all watersports as well.